Really? This year?
I grew up listening to Billy Joel; my parents love the guy. And, as a native Long Islander, I feel like I connect with him on a level only native Long Islanders can understand. With the exception of Elton John, there’s no one who sounds the same.
Although Billy Joel may now be somewhat dated, he music can still resonate with all of us younger folk. My fifth grade teacher used “We Didn’t Start the Fire” to open all (yes, all) of his history lessons and my 10th grade Social Studies teacher gave us all a CD containing this and other historically-relevant songs. “Piano Man” continues to be used as a post-1:00-AM-at-the-bar-sing-along-song and the lessons in “Only The Good Die Young” will always apply. But, he does need a new album; my iTunes Billy Joel collection is becoming somewhat stale. If Billy Joel doesn’t update “We Didn’t Start the Fire” to include the past twenty years, I hope someone will.
Thank you, Cornell University Program Board and Cornell Concert Commission for finally bringing Billy Joel to campus. You’re one year too late.